Round ligament pain. What is it? Sometimes it's a sharp painful jab in your lower belly. It's uncomfortable and you definitely don't like it. It's considered to be a normal part of pregnancy. (During the second trimester). It's also one of the most common complaints!
So what's happening exactly?
There are a lot of thick ligaments that help support your uterus as it grows during pregnancy. One of those ligaments is a round ligament. This lovely ligament is what connects the front of your womb to your groin (this is the area where your legs attach to your legs).
As your baby grows it causes these ligaments to stretch. Sometimes any sudden movements can cause these ligaments to get really tight, really fast, similar to a rubber band when it snaps! This is what leads to the pain you feel. It mostly happens on the right side of your body but it has been known to happen on both sides. It's normal to be concerned about the pain you feel but more often than not, everything is just fine. This is 100 percent normal during pregnancy. Even though it's uncomfortable it only lasts for a little bit.
So when can this pain happen?
Anytime there is a sudden movement like, sneezing, coughing, or even laughing. These are all things that can cause you to have this pain. I experienced this with all three of my pregnancies. It seemed to get worse with each one. Maybe it was because with each pregnancy my babies were bigger and bigger. I didn't like it but I survived. (Although sometimes I thought I wouldn't, honestly.)
What can you do to help with the discomfort?
You can take something over the counter like Tylenol. Check with your provider. I would think that at some point a list of safe meds were given so you'll know what you can and can't take. If not, please ask just to be sure!
Strengthen your core with exercise. It's important if you can to keep that core as strong as you can to support your growing baby and changing body. Exercises like prenatal yoga or stretching can help out tremendously. I was a part of a prenatal yoga class and I can honestly say it was a great decision. You can also apply heat. Something like a heating pad or even taking a warm bath can help ease the pain you may be feeling. Remember, avoid too much heat, this can be dangerous to your baby.
You can also try a belly band. I had to wear one when I was pregnant with baby number one and three. It helped to relieve the pressure in my lower belly.
Now, I know you're wondering if there is a time to be concerned? Yes, there is. You should contact your doctor if the pain is severe and lasts for a long period of time. If you are having difficulty walking, if you have a fever, or chills. Most of all trust your body and your intuition. If you feel like something isn't right don't hesitate to contact your doctor. There is nothing wrong with being sure, even if it's nothing. It's better to know that not know!
You've got this! Hang in there! Have any of you experienced this pain? What did you do to help with the discomfort?
Until next time! Sending you peace, love, and light!
Certified Pregnancy Health Coach